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22 March 2011

Making the bed

I am absolutely amazed at the support shown in the last post.  It proves, yet again, what a close and caring community we have here.  I wish I could give you a hug, or shake your hand, but all I can do is say thank you.
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Can you remember back to when you had babies to care for and how careful you were with their bedding? You'd make sure the sheets were clean and straight, you'd make the little bed several times a day and as soon as there was a wet sheet, into the washing machine it would go.  You did those things, and more, because you knew how important that bed was to your baby.  Well, I might be reverting to babyhood because I tend my bed as carefully as I would a cot or crib and I do it because sleep is important.  Now let me declare my bias here up front.  I LOVE my bed, always have, always will.  I am a good sleeper.  I'm rarely in bed more than ten minutes before I'm sound asleep.  But I also do a lot of my thinking in bed in the cool dark hours of the morning and being in an uncomfortable bed would not be conducive to my sleeping or thinking.  If I want to get the most out of every day, I need to sleep well.


Yesterday - our bed in the late afternoon sun.

I can almost hear the sighs from readers who just want to leave their bed untouched until they get into it again at night, but having a clean wrinkle-free place to sleep is one of the things that will make a difference to your day and how well you get through your work.  You are mindful of your diet and exercise, you shower every day - or most days, you clean your teeth, make sure you store your food properly so it remains safe and healthy; your bed, my friends, is in that category.  It matters.  If you're just going to pull up the sheets during the day, why not give yourself another two minutes and make the bed. 

You don't need expensive sheets, blankets or doonas/duvets.  It doesn't matter if nothing matches,  what matters is that your sheets are clean and fresh, are tucked in properly and that nothing in your bed makes you uncomfortable or causes you to wake up.  Of course, the best bed is the one you sleep in the first night after your change the bedding.  The smell of sunshine on those newly laundered sheets remind me every single time that a simple bed, well made every day, has a power beyond what you think is possible.


My sister Tricia made these red worked pouches.  They are for holding a nightie or PJs during the day and sit on the bed like little pillows.

I change our bedding every week, wash the sheets in cold water using home made laundry liquid.  Everything is hung in the sun to dry and brought in that evening.  Nothing fancy, just very simple.  That first night the sheets are pulled tight and tucked in and, depending on the season, covered with a doona/duvet and a quilt, or what we have now that we're moving to Autumn, cool cotton sheets, a blanket and a quilt.  Soon we move further towards our winter bed - an electric blanket on Hanno's side, fluffy flannel sheets and a few thick and cosy layers to cover us.

Every morning after that first night, I strip the bed down to the bottom sheet, smooth out that sheet with my hands, then make the bed by tightening the bottom sheet, making sure the corners are anchored and the sheet won't slip during the night.  The top sheet, pillows and blankets are removed and shaken, then replaced.  The same applies to each top layer.  During the day the windows are left open to allow fresh air to circulate.  The windows are closed when it's very cold, late in the afternoon.  Every so often I leave the pillows outside in the sun for the day, and hang the quilts and blankets on the line.  It's also a good idea to use a mattress protector and to vacuum the bed every couple of months.


Never matching or fancy, but clean and simple.  That's all you need.

Simple clean cotton sheets and a homemade quilt can nurture the soul as well as aching bones and a stressed mind.  Allow your bed to do what it's there for - to keep you warm, safe and secure until you wake.  When you think about it, sleep is a strange concept.  We go about our every day activities and once a day, we get tired, lay down flat and lose consciousness.  Weird!  No one knows why we do that, but all animals, birds and reptiles do.  

It is easy to believe it's too simple to be an important part of the day but those two or three minutes you spend smoothing, tucking and folding back, care for you during the eight hours you sleep.  The time-expended-to-benefits-created ratio is in your favour.  If you've never thought about this, or don't think it's worth while, make your bed every morning for a week and I think you'll quickly slip into the made bed camp.  Beds are more important than we think.  We're usually born in one and we will probably die in one.  All that time in between that you spend in bed sets you up for your active life by allowing you to relax into sleep, to dream and to wake refreshed and ready for the busy day.  Those three minutes are a sound investment.

77 comments:

  1. If I could bottle that fresh off the line smell, I'd be a millionaire!!

    Stephanie :0)
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  2. Making the bed makes me feel as if I have accomplished at least one thing. I have homemade linen spray and crawling into bed is very relaxing.

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  3. I LOVE clean sheet day! :)

    Blessings,
    Kristin

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  4. Oh Rhonda I am sitting at my computer just wanting to lay down in that nice looking bed. It sounds lovely, the fresh air alone makes me want to sleep. I make my bed too but have been a little lazy the last few days and have not slept well. Maybe there is something to it. Thank you for reminding us. B

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  5. I love the way you so eloquently write about the simple things in life. If the beds are made and the washing up done the house will always feel comfortable to me.

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  6. Could not agree more. After a long day, there is nothing nicer than retiring to an inviting bed. I am simply unable to rest properly in one that is unkempt. Your room looks very restful, Rhonda, with the lovely cool and calming colours, by the way. Best, Tracy (Brisbane) PS: I sincerely hope that the outpouring of support from your loyal readers has helped banish any post "troll" blues!

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  7. I love a freshly-made bed, especially with sun-dried sheets.

    I also really like the headboard to your bed -- it looks like it curves back so that it supports your back if you are sitting up? Just the other day as I was stuffing pillows into the harsh 45 degree angle of bed and headboard I was wondering if there wasn't a better way!

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  8. Oops, make that 90 degree -- never was so good with geometry!

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  9. Oh, you are a woman after my own heart! I loved this post! You expressed what I didn't even know I thought! LOL

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  10. Love my bed, always have, always will. Making it daily is important. Besides a place for sleep, it has acted as a place for: praying, thinking, reading, writing, typing on laptop, watching DVDs on laptop, lovemaking, talking, playing board games & cards, tickling, chilling, napping, convalescing, phone calling, breastfeeding, crying, grieving, laughing, listening, organising closets & scrapbooks & photo albums and more.....

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  11. First of all Rhonda I would like to offer my support for yesterdays blog.absolutely shameful some people are,I notice they must have read blogs during their silence to know..the mind set of some people is unreal,anyway i agreed with everything you said...for todays hooray!!!! another "love my bed to be a special place" person...I do all you do and as we both rise in the morning although I get up at 5 and Bob at 6 am when I hear the light go on(old switches lol) I go in and we make it together,neither of us could get into an unmade smooth bed,however my daughter and sons home they just leave all the beds unmade!! yukk lol when I saty I get the children to make their beds,can't help myself,have a lovely day.Carole

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  12. I admit I don't do much of what you suggest, but I understand the desire to do so! However, my husband cannot stand his sheets tucked in, so there is zero point in me tucking in the sheets each morning only for him to pull them out the minute he gets into bed at night.

    We just pull up the top sheet and straighten the comforter/duvet - however, I could stand to get in the habit of washing them more often. The deterrent is that we pay by the load in our building, and since sheets are pretty much a load unto themselves, I hate to throw them in the laundry until they really need it.

    Lastly - my husband read an article somewhere recently that said a made bed is more friendly to dust mites (keeps the moisture they need trapped in there), and so now he actually argues for NOT making the bed at all!

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  13. I agree with Stephanie---- I do love this post-- and a revert to your last post-- I feel so sad that someone would treat you so badly--what a shame you have a fab blog-- keep up the good work/

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  14. I love making my bed every morning too. It makes such a difference when I get into bed at night. It is just a different experience to get into bed when it was well made rather than to get into crumpled sheets and fidget with the comforter that isn't on correctly.

    I've often said that if I became wealthy beyond my wildest dreams my one demand would be to have fresh, crisp, line dried sheets put on my bed everyday....that were hung over a field of blooming lavender :)

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  15. What a darling bed!
    I had gotten slack in the bed making dept with my husband being out of state working but I want him to have a very comfortable bed when he returns so I am getting back into the habit of making it inviting!
    You are right about it being important!

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  16. There's nothing like a lovely clean bed :-) And as for those one or two who threaten to spoil your blogging experience, just ignore them, it only takes one to upset you, but think how many others are out there appreciating your words. Jo :-)

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  17. The quilt on your bed is beautiful. I can't stand for there to be wrinkles in the sheets. I take everything off the bed and do as you do. A good night's sleep makes such a difference in the way I feel the next day.

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  18. On those rare days when I neglect to make my bed, I feel it 'hanging over' me all day. I can almost hear my bed whispering from the back of the house "Make me! Make me!" and I feel sort of off all day!
    Most days my housekeeping begins with a freshly made bed. I tidy the bedroom and bathrooms and shut the doors, and those rooms are 'done!' Then I move onto the rest of the house. It's a very therapeutic ritual for me.

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  19. I rarely comment but always read and enjoy no matter what anyone declares the day to be.
    You've just persuaded me to buy a new sheet and duvet which I have been meaning to buy for ages. Our sheet is too small and always coming loose and the duvet doesn't fit the cover.
    When I slip in to my well made bed in a few days time, DH and I will be thanking you for it!

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  20. Hi Rhonda,
    I want to thank you for writing what is important to you and giving your opinions. It does me no good to read only the blogs about those who think and live exactly as I do. How could I make changes for the better if I never read new ideas? I think it shows that you do exactly what you are aiming to do if you get some comments of agreement and some of descent. The secret to blogging well is to remain true to yourself.
    Maybe the naysayers are looking for affirmation from you for their views. Thanks for not giving in to them.

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  21. Ha ha ha! Don't be surprised if you wake up with 50+ 'followers' that have sneaked into your lovely comfy bed :-)

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  22. Pleased you 'felt the love' yesterday Rhonda, that'll do more to drive the trolls away than arguing with them.

    I make my bed every day, love that feeling of opening it again every night. For T, who's hubby worries about mites, when I get up, I pull all the top covers back to the bottom of the bed, to air it, and open the window and blind wide. After I've fed the cats, let the chooks out and had a cuppa, I go back and make it......don't know if it subdues those mites, but I enjoy my routine, and the feel of that freshly aired bed.

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  23. good morning Rhonda thanks for all your great blogging I love to read them all.I was very shocked that you receive horrible comments whats with some people in this world.they just shouldnt read your blog if they feel that way.thanks again you help in keeping me happy!

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  24. hi Rhonda thanks for your wonderful blog.I was very sad to read that some people are so rude.they dont need to read the blog.they can find something else to do.keep up the inspiration I love it you brighten my day! oh and i just love getting into a freshly made bed

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  25. You have one very lucky husband!

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  26. Wherever I have lived, my bedroom is one room I have kept tidy ever since my late teens (prior to that it resembled the local tip). After breakfast I make our bed, then walk to the door and look back with satisfaction at the familiar coverlet and cushions that give me the warm fuzzies. Usually by then the morning sun is streaming across the verandah to make the scene perfect. Before retirement, the bed was made in a hurry, windows were quickly locked, and I never gave a backward glance as I rushed to work before sunrise. Now retired and living on a small acreage, I can leave the window open all day and night. This is just one of the few positives about growing old!!

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  27. i did put my name on that last comment but it didnt pick it up sorry

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  28. Oh someone that loves their bed as much as I love mine! It may well be my favourite place in the world!

    Freshly line dried sheets may be the best smell!
    I could go into raptures about my bed!

    I make it every morning as well. Smooth it all out, make it all pretty and ready for the next night. Bliss

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  29. It's eleven pm here right now, and while I wasn't sleepy, your blog makes me long for my bed! And yes, it's nice and tucked in right now...

    Btw, I had to read twice in the part where you said you're going towards autumn, since it's spring here - but in both seasons a nice bed is important!

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  30. Hi Rhonda,
    I love the way that you can take a very simple concept and de-construct it to it's own importance and relevance in our lives.
    And yes how weird is it that we just lie down and say bye to the world for our 8 hours!
    I do like your insights!
    Have a nice day,
    Vickixx

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  31. I love your blog. You have taught me so many things and I thank yuou. Could you possibly give us a pattern so that we could make the lovely pillow case bags that your sister made you.

    b Lydia

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  32. I love to make our bed every morning! I love the way fresh sheets feel on a bed, too!

    Great post Rhonda!

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  33. Absolutely! People love it when they go away and stay somewhere in a well-made fresh bed and they can create just that at home.

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  34. Oh Rhonda, this post made me feel so good....reason??? It is because I actually do something that you do!!! Almost to the exact if not exactly. It made me smile. My mother is the reason I do this routine every morning. I grew up with this...make the bed every morning by stripping it down to the bed sheet, wash the sheets every week, hang out the comforters on line every so often...
    Love it!

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  35. I couldn't agree more. I can't leave the house without making the beds - and I have three to make. I'll confess that mine are not as neat as your bed.

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  36. When I climb into our bed with freshly washed sheets that have been dried in the sun I think I am in heaven! It brings back all those safe, happy memories of childhood too, no -one could make a bed like my mum, hospital corners! LOL.

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  37. I remember being taught to make 'hospital corners' on my very first Brownie camp and 30+ years later I am still making my bed the same way.

    Different cultures sleep differently and while I was raised with similiar ideas to you Rhonda my hubby who is Japanese wants his bed a totally different way! So our bedrom has two beds so we can both get a good nights sleep!

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  38. I loooooovvvveee sundried sheets!
    I especially love sundried flannelette sheets in winter!

    I never used to be a bed-maker - I blame all the childhood years of it being a 'must' - once I had my own house it was a form of rebellion! Now though....I don't feel as if the house is truly tidy unless the bed is made (and the washing up done and the floor swept! Thanks mum!).

    I love reading your blog - it makes me remember and appreciate the little things that make it all worthwhile (and that I most times take for granted). Thank you :)

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  39. I enjoyed this post today :)I love my bed, too, and sometimes when I'm making it in the morning I'm already thinking how good it will feel when I crawl into it at night :0)

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  40. Beautifully written and I have the same bed as you! I've always believed in quality bedlinens figuring I spend as much time in them as I do my clothes and they last a lot longer. Making a bed well is part of the rhythm of the day and a little act of respect that I enjoy. As a student I worked as a motel/hotel cleaner and took pride in making the beds up beautifully and hoping that whoever spent the night there would sleep well. Thanks for sharing such a simple thing that has so much meaning in our day to day lives :-)

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  41. I love your bedcover quilt! Lovely

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  42. Okay, okay, okay. I'll make my bed! (btw, did my mother put you up to writing this post?!)


    :-)

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  43. btw, my mother is Lady Dorothy, who I see has already commented. :-)

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  44. Hi Rhonda.

    I really agree with all you've said. It is something that is so automatic to me. I love to go into my bedroom and see it clean and tidy. It sets me up for the day. I'm a bit like that with dishes to. If my kitchen is tidy and the dishes done I'm ready for any neighbour or visitor that comes calling. One thing I never worry about though is if I have visitors and my sewing machine is out. My mother taught me never to get upset if I was sewing when people called and that a sewing machine out meant you were being productive.
    I'm especially heartened to read all the lovely comments from yesterday.

    Blessings Gail

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  45. You are so right! A well-made bed is so important to a good night's sleep.
    I change my sheets every 2-3 days, it's a little luxury that does not cost much, but that I enjoy a lot.
    Love your blog!

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  46. Love this post. I don't think I was ever taught to make the bed properly every day. I was taught how to make it when we had new sheets, but not to do what you've described here. Though it is possible I wasn't listening! I'm glad you wrote about this on a Tuesday because it's sheets washing day in my household! I am excited to be able to start this new habit with newly washed (line dried) sheets from tomorrow! I love the idea someone said if they became a millionaire to have fresh sheets daily hung over a field of lavender! I will be investing in some lavender bushes and will plant them near my clothes line - great idea!

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  47. Love that beautiful patchwork quilt, just makes you want to crawl under it and snuggle down.....
    Here's to sun dried, crisp, clean sheets. The first time you crawl into bed and relax, aaaaaaaaah. That is the best feeling, one of lifes simple pleasures.
    No1 son (19y.o) was helping make up a bed for a visitor. I showed him the right way to put the top sheet, so that when you fold it back you have the sewing detail facing up. He rolled his eyes and said ' does it matter?'
    Simple answer is yes, it does to me and obviously alot of other people care too.

    Claire :)

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  48. I also love the first night in fresh sheets - I changed mine before work this morning actually! But I also like to team that with a shower and clean jarmies to boot! haha!

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  49. i love a freshly made bed... i just rarely do it at the moment :( i wish i could afford to hire a bed maker... sadly as i get busier and busier (as a heavily pregnant SAHM to small children) the bed making has fallen down the priority list...

    i would happily jump into your bed right now! amy

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  50. I LOVE my bed!!!!!! I require 9 hours sleep and a clean,comfy,cozy bed is a must...
    My DH is the bed maker he likes doing it and I don't mind:)
    ~~HUGS~~

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  51. I guess I should go make our bed. Its such a nice thought. I have been washing the kids sheets for four days in a row now due to wet beds. I even made one little man sleep on a camping mat bed due to wet mattreses. Its raining. Maybe my time is better spent making the bed than blogging. I think reading your blog is worth the time as slowing down is just what I need. TIME TO MAKE THE BED! I will MAKE THE BED before i press publish...

    Thankyou Rhonda. The bed is made and a cup of tea. Now I can get back to writing.

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  52. Thank you for the (almost) daily moment to sit and appreciate the simple things, and to look forward to the life I'm in the process of building.

    I don't wash our bedding nearly as often as I should. I'm trying to improve on that! Our bed is simple - a good fitted sheet (cotton for most of the year, flannel for winter), a duvet and sometimes an additional blanket.

    The absolute most important thing in my bed: my fiance. For some reason, if he's not in bed by about 2am (it often happens unfortunately!) I always, always wake up. And am immediately awake and can't get back to sleep until he's there! The only exception is when he's away for the night.

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  53. OMG, I feel so bad now!! I always leave a sleeping husband in my bed and never seem to get back to make it. Yet, when I was nursing I would become very cranky with 'young' nurses who were'nt taught how to make beds properly!!(only cranky in my mind)!!!

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  54. Rhonda, I to do up the bed every morning. I pull down the bedding and spray it with homemade lavendar linnen spray. (just steep lavendar heads in water) then after I'v aired out the room and bed I make it up tightly. There is nothing like getting into a fresh bed!
    I love the way you talk about the little things in life that make being a homemaker such a joy. Keep up the good work.
    Susan from Michigan USA,

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  55. Every night that I crawl into bed, I thank the Lord for my bed that I LOVE. Thank you for this post!

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  56. On the other side of this, I am not a good sleeper but I have found that climbing into a made-up bed at night makes it easier to get to sleep. I have been doing this religiously since College.

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  57. Hello Rhonda,

    My bed (actually my husband's and mine) is one of my favorite places in our house...not that I spend an inordinate amount of time in it, just that whenever I'm in bed, I'm usually ready to settle down to a peaceful and calm time. Just like most of the other posters, I like clean and smooth sheets. I spray the mattress cover each week whenever I change the sheets with a disinfectant that smells good. It makes me smile every time because it reminds me of when my children were young and I did the same thing. Their pediatrician advised me to spray because he was convinced it kept down germs and I've continued to do it lo these forty plus years later. Is there anything more soothing (hmmmm...maybe some good chocolate tops it) than climbing into a freshly changed bed after a good warm shower after which you've slathered sweet smelling lotion all over your body? It's hard to top. Now, I'm off to change the sheets and look forward to tonight and a cozy litle nest. I think I might make one of those sweet little bags Tricia made for you. I usually just tuck my nightgown under the pillow. Thanks for this post; I'm sure my blood pressure is down fifty points because of it.

    Diane in North Carolina

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  58. I agree so much... the older I get, the more I love having fresh sheets and a comfy bed. Our dogs (!) sleep with us, so I get clean sheets several times a week... love it!

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  59. nothing like a clean fresh bed just luxury
    rachel xxx

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  60. Loved your post today, beds are such an important part of our lives and like you I want mine clean and tidy. I always make my bed everyday, couldn't imagine not doing so. Your redwork shams are beautiful.
    Victoria

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  61. I didn't realize how much I was shortchanging myself by putting off a much needed new mattress purchase. My DH can sleep anywhere never stirring all night but I have been tossing,turning,waking up to read myself back to sleep and then crashing about 4am into wierd dreams. All has changed with our lovely new mattress...I adore my bed. I want to make it everyday. We discuss such mundane topics such as is it too early to go from flannel to precale sheets. I wake up early,refreshed and ready to get to work. Wasn't a question of money...we just put it off way too long. Dee

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  62. Rhonda, I love the simple quilt on your bed.... such nice peaceful, light colors! and thanks for this post. I have been experiencing fatigue lately. I will try to get back to making my bed properly.
    I also went back and read your last post..... I feel terrible that someone should be so mean. The nerve and gall of some completely dumbfounds me. You have so many readers that appreciate what you do write :) Keep up the great poast!!!

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  63. Looks so inviting! It's odd that you should mention beds, as just this weekend I purchased new mattress sets for my 2 little ones, along with fresh sheets and pillows. They are in love with their new beds and I'm in mommy heaven.
    You've got me, I'm going to freshen up my bed for spring when I get home.

    Thanks,
    Jessica, CA USA

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  64. I just started to be a make-your-bed-in-the-morning type. I was reading something about it on another blog and thought.."Sure, why not." Your post came along at just the right inspirational time to reinforce that message.

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  65. lovely post, lovely spread!

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  66. I do as they did in the 20s and probably before. When we get up I pull back all the covers down to the bottom of the bed. Letting the bed air out and cool. Then after breakfast I redo the bed as you do. It only takes a very short time and means so much to me to have it done. Yes line dried sheets. I look forward to Mondays as that is the day I wash the bed linens and air out the pillows on the line too. I'm with you all the way. Makes you feel all cozy and pampered! Sarah

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  67. I just wanted to say thankyou for reminding of something about my Grandmother that I had completely forgot. Every morning - EVERY morning, she would strip down her bed and remake it - nurses corners (which her grandmother had taught her) and all. At the time I thought that that was way too much effort to go to for a bed, but now I *get* it.

    Whilst I am commenting I just wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all the effort you put in here. I have a little philosophy that goes "If Rhonda says so, I trust her, and that's how I want it done!" - don't worry, I haven't attributed Guru status to you, and I don't have candles burning around your framed photograph ;) but your honesty, simple way of explaining things and being able to *see* how it all works for you, gives me so much inspiration and motivation.

    You are a good egg, Rhonda.

    Mel

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  68. I have a fight every morning when it comes to making the bed....I want to make it and the cat loves it all mussed up! I always win,but the cat puts up a good fight!LOL I love to see the bed all made up and looking pretty.It makes me feel good!Darlene

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  69. Hi Rhonda, I've been reading your blog for a while now, but I've never posted! This post really struck me because making the bed is one of the simplest things we can do to care for ourselves, yet my bed has been a mess lately. I have a tendency to keep common spaces clean way before my own space (I am a PhD student and I share my apartment). This was a good reminder that taking care of my immediate environment leads to a calm mind. Thanks!

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  70. I wish i could make the bed every day but for 5 days a week my husband is still curled up in there while i go to work and if he ever made the bed i'd think something was very wrong! But Saturday or Sunday, whichever one the weather report says is less likely to rain, is sheet washing day! I add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil to the wash and i love nothing more than taking in that heavenly smell when the sheets have dried! Ahhhh, the simple things!

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  71. I have half of what I need when it comes to my bed.

    I make sure my top and bottom sheets are changed every Sunday (I know some people who use the top one as the 'new' bottom sheet but I really don't like that) and the clean cotton ones are crisply ironed with a little eau de cologne in the ironing water. I have a proper wool blanket and a vintage 1960s bedspread that belonged to my grandmother. On my side between those two is a vintage 50s feather eiderdown as I get too cool in winter without it. And both of us an electric blanket in the winter, which has been heaven sent when the temperature in the house drops really low during the day and the bed is icy when you get into it.

    That's the upside. The downside is the bed is too small for us and the mattress uncomfortable for me (but perfect for hubby). It's been that way for six years!! In the next month we're getting a bigger bed - only by six inches - but it will make a world of difference for me. And if I can save the last bit of money I need for it, the mattress will be one where you can choose two different comfort levels to suit each person so we have the best of both worlds.

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  72. I have been blogging for years now - and I had no idea about the blogging day of silence. obviously this wasn't well advertised. Plus, if it was a day of blogging silence, why were these people reading blogs? makes you wonder. What happened in Japan was horrible, but just because you don't talk about it doesn't mean you don't care. People shouldn't judge.

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  73. Maybe this is a dumb question, but where do you put the sheets and blankets as you are remaking the bed? It seems unhygenic to put them on the floor. Does anyone have suggestions? I would like to start doing this but am not sure of this one practicality.

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  74. Jennifer, don't you have a chair in the bedroom? We have a blanket box and an arm chair in our bedroom, the sheets, blankets etc sit there while I make the bed.

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  75. By far, this is my favorite post ever!
    I have reflected back on it each morning as I lovingly make our bed and prepare it for another day. You have wrapped up into words everything I have felt about my bed in this warm and cozy post.
    A++++++++
    ~Mamabeanof4

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  76. I loved this post. Almost every morning I make my bed - this morning was the first exception in a long time. My mom once said something about making your bed to start your day off right, which was strange coming from someone who avoided housework like the plague. Once I got older, I started to see what she means.

    I'm now in the market for a used quilt to use on our bed. I love the feeling of quilts, but I don't have the time to make one myself.

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